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Nisarga pummels Maharashtra, spares Mumbai

New Delhi: Severe Cyclonic storm Nisarga battered Maharashtra coast with wind speeds of 120 kmph on Wednesday, damaging houses, vehicles, uprooting trees and electricity poles, blowing away roofs tops and disconnecting mobile networks.

The severe cyclonic storm hit the coast at 1230 hours at Alibaug, uprooting trees and electricity polls in Raigad district, brought in heavy rainfall all along Maharashtra coast as well as in North Maharashtra and Pune.
IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the severe cyclonic storm has started weakening and the wind speed reduced to 90-100kmph from 120 kmph.

‘It will further weaken into a deep depression by late night.’ India Meteorological Department said in a bulletin.
Though Mumbai was lashed with heavy rains, it opened up again as the storm weakened. People came back on the streets and shops reopened in parts of the financial capital.

The operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai were suspended till 1900 hours as strong crosswinds forced the authorities to suspend arrivals and departures, after an arriving cargo plane overran the runway. But as the weather improved, operations resumed at the Mumbai airport.

As Nisarga has started weakening, the IMD has not issued a warning for Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts for Thursday. It has issued a green alert (light to moderate rain) for Mumbai and an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for Palghar.

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